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Africa offers you world-class business opportunities across several key sectors. Benefitting from these new opportunities requires guidance through the diverse challenges of this vast continent. For over 50 years, CMS’s lawyers have developed a track record of significant deals in Africa. This means we know the legal systems, the economies and the professionals on the ground.

Our specialist Africa group includes multi-disciplinary teams from offices in France, Portugal, the UK and Germany. This deep knowledge and experience are strengthened by our offices on the ground in Casablanca, Algiers and Luanda as well as our network of relationship and associate firms across the continent.

CMS has over 4,500 lawyers working in more than 40 countries worldwide. Our Africa practice utilises the experience of this global coverage to advise on African matters with local clients and international clients who wish to invest in the region. The diverse approach comes from our position as one of the largest law firms worldwide. This means we are able to cover your needs across the whole continent.

CMS can provide you with advice on local laws across most jurisdictions as well as pan-African laws and structures such as OHADA, WAEMU and CEMAC. Our Paris, Algiers and Casablanca teams specialise in Francophone advice across North and West Africa. From Luanda and Lisbon, our lawyers focus on Lusophone Africa and in our other offices we assist major investors and developers with their African portfolios. This approach combines local and sector expertise as required.

Our Africa practice has a deep understanding of the key financial and economic shifts in the region. This includes the emergence of agriculture and agribusiness, consumer goods, services and telecommunications and infrastructure development and operation as key growth areas for the continent. Our market-leading energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice led from London gives us significant insight into the development of the energy, oil and gas and mining sectors in Africa.

Contact us via our online form or give us a call if you are seeking experienced legal experts to help you successfully grow and expand your business interests in Africa.

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3 January 2018
Oil and Gas in Africa - Struc­tured guides to mar­ket...
BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an ab­so­lute ob­lig­a­tion and a con­di­tion.
14 November 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ghana
Ship­ping and car­bon: EU and IMO sys­tems to align
On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the European Com­mis­sion (EC) tabled a pro­pos­al con­cern­ing the amend­ment of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 on the mon­it­or­ing, re­port­ing and veri­fic­a­tion of car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions from mari­time trans­port (the “EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion”).
1 November 2017
Our Africa Prac­tice
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient...
Ship own­ers, ship op­er­at­ors and ship man­agers who are busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing high sul­phur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2020 will be fa­mil­i­ar with the op­tion to in­stall Ex­haust Gas Clean­ing Sys­tems (EGC­Ss) oth­er­wise known.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
Oil and Gas: Pro­tect­ing LNG pro­ject and feed-gas sup­ply from State...
A re­cent award rendered by a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of IC­SID, the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Uni­on Fen­osa Gas S. A. v Ar­ab Re­pub­lic of Egypt, provides fur­ther guid­ance for com­pan­ies in the en­ergy sec­tor to en­sure that se­lec­ted con­tract­ing.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
The new Kenya Bribery Act 2016
On 23 Decem­ber 2016 Kenya’s Pres­id­ent Uhuru Kenyatta gave his as­sent to the Bribery Act 2016 (the “Act”) for the pre­ven­tion, in­vest­ig­a­tion and pun­ish­ment of bribery in Kenya. The Act came in­to force on 13 Janu­ary 2017 and is mod­elled on the UK Bribery Act.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
Re­cent Shari­ah com­pli­ant sov­er­eign sukuk is­su­ances in Togo and the...
Re­cent Shari­ah com­pli­ant sov­er­eign sukuk is­su­ances in Togo and the Ivory Coast in­dic­ate the grow­ing mo­mentum of Is­lam­ic fin­ance in Africa. Afric­an na­tions are look­ing to fin­ance in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment pro­jects through new and in­nov­at­ive means, provid­ing.